Executive Branch

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Who Is In It?

  • The President (Barack Obama)
  • The Vice-President (Joe Biden)
  • The Cabinet (Elected by the President) advise the President

Departments in the Cabinet

  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security

Requirements for the Executive Branch

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be at least 35 years old
  • Need to have lived for at least 14 years in the US

Term Length

  • 4 years

How to get elected

  • Announce Candidacy (Around 2 years before election)
  • Primary Election (to narrow down the candidates) Feb-Jan
  • Political party convention (decides the party candidate and their Vice President) August/September
  • General Election (citizens vote) First Tuesday after the first Monday in November
  • Electoral Vote (538 people vote based on who the citizens voted for) "The official vote" December
  • Inaguration (January)

What the President does

  • He is the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces
  • He makes Treaties and Nominations
  • Temperary Appointments
  • He can adjourn the houses
  • He commisions all the officers officers of the US
  • He receives ambassadors
  • He influences the development of laws
  • Passes or Vetos laws

What the Vice President does

  • Fills in for the President if needed
  • Runs the Senate meetings
  • Does what the President assigns him to

Presidents role in the law making process


  • Passes and Veto's bills that have gone through the Senate and the House
  • Can suggest new ideas the house that can be made into a bill.

Vice Presidents role in the law making process

  • Oversees the Senate and acts as the tie breaker vote